Top 10 African Animals

The Top Ten
1 Cheetah The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large cat and native to Africa and central Iran. It is the fastest land animal, estimated to be capable of running at 80 to 128 km/h (50 to 80 mph) with the fastest reliably recorded speeds being 93 and 98 km/h (58 and 61 mph), and as such has several adaptations... read more

Beautifully spotted coat and fast hunters. The black lines under their eyes are to cut down the glare from the savanna.

Cheetahs are pretty awesome. I would know because ten-year-old me had a cheetah obsession.

Ah, Cheetahs. So beautiful and stealthy. The fastest and best, hands down.

2 African Lion

Lions are awesome. I know almost everything that is fascinating about a lion.

Seriously, if the lion wasn't in first place, I was going to have a fit.

Truly the king of the jungle, with his glorious mane and loud roar.

3 African Elephant African elephants are elephants of the genus Loxodonta. The genus consists of two extant species: the African bush elephant, L. africana, and the smaller African forest elephant, L. cyclotis.

Stupid African cats! Carnivores don't deserve to be the best. Besides, the African Elephant is the strongest animal in the whole world!

I like this one because, pretty soon, because of poaching, there won't be any left alive if people don't start protecting them.

This should be number one! Better than those stupid cheetahs and lions! Elephants are the real kings of the jungle!

4 Leopard The leopard is one of the five "big cats" in the genus Panthera. It is one of the most adaptable and the most widespread big cat; it's secrets being:well camouflaged fur; its opportunistic hunting behaviour, broad diet, and strength to move heavy carcasses into trees; its ability to adapt to various... read more

Leopards are beautiful too, and they actually are as fast as a flamingo that can reach speeds of 35 mph.

Strong, agile, and graceful. A fascinating animal beyond imagination.

5 Giraffe The giraffe is a tall African hoofed mammal belonging to the genus Giraffa. It is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant- hoofed herbivorous- on Earth. Traditionally, giraffes were thought to be one species, Giraffa camelopardalis, with nine subspecies. Most recently, researchers... read more

There's a place in Kenya called Giraffe Manor, where you can actually have breakfast with giraffes. It looks so amazing to not only see the animals in their habitat but to actually touch and be a part of them, if you get my drift.

6 Hyena Hyenas or hyaenas are any feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Hyaenidae /haɪˈɛnᵻdiː/. With only four extant species, it is the fifth-smallest biological family in the Carnivora, and one of the smallest in the class Mammalia.

Hyenas aren't what people think. They're clever animals, effective predators, and caring parents. There should be a movie where the hyena is the good guy.

Hyenas are my favorite, and did you know that lions are the scavengers (except for the females) and the hyenas are the hunters? I don't know why people say hyenas are evil. In The Lion King they were, but honestly, The Lion King is a made-up show. Hyenas aren't evil. It's just their nature to hunt and stuff. It's like with any other carnivore. Even wild dogs are carnivores too, so forget people who think hyenas are mean!

7 Hippo The common hippopotamus, or hippo, is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae, the other being the pygmy hippopotamus.

They kill more people than sharks and lions.

8 Crocodile Crocodiles (family Crocodylidae) or true crocodiles are large semiaquatic reptiles that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. The term crocodile is sometimes used even more loosely to include all extant members of the order Crocodilia, which includes the alligators... read more

Crocs kill more people than sharks. Sharks don't like the taste of people, but crocodiles do.

9 Zebra Zebras (subgenus Hippotigris) are African equines with distinctive black-and-white striped coats. There are three living species: the Grévy's zebra (Equus grevyi), plains zebra (E. quagga), and the mountain zebra (E. zebra). Zebras share the genus Equus with horses and asses, the three groups being... read more
10 Rhinoceros A rhinoceros, commonly abbreviated to rhino, is a member of any of the five extant species (or numerous extinct species) of odd-toed ungulates in the family Rhinocerotidae. (It can also refer to a member of any of the extinct species of the superfamily Rhinocerotoidea.) Two of the extant species are... read more
The Contenders
11 Lion The lion (Panthera leo) is a large cat of the genus Panthera native to Africa and India. It has a muscular, broad-chested body, short, rounded head, round ears, and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail. It is sexually dimorphic; adult male lions are larger than females and have a prominent mane. It is... read more
12 African Wild Dog

Also known as the painted dog, this species is endangered, with only 250 individuals left, and the number is only decreasing. Most of this is due to humans using snare traps and road kill. Expanding human settlement is also a problem.

13 Baboon Baboons are African and Arabian Old World monkeys belonging to the genus Papio, part of the subfamily Cercopithecinae.
14 Sun Squirrel
15 Honey Badger The honey badger, also known as the ratel, is widely distributed in Africa, Southwest Asia, and in the Indian subcontinent.

The most fearless animal ever.

16 Okapi The okapi is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa.

These shy creatures are the international symbol of cryptozoology.

17 Gorilla Gorillas are herbivorous, predominantly ground-dwelling great apes that inhabit the tropical forests of equatorial Africa. The genus Gorilla is divided into two species: the eastern gorilla and the western gorilla, and either four or five subspecies. The DNA of gorillas is highly similar to that of... read more

Ah, gorillas. Africa's largest, highly intelligent, strong, endangered, and gentle giants among great apes. They share up to 98 percent of DNA with humans.

18 Ostrich The ostrich or common ostrich is either of two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member of the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family. In 2014, the Somali ostrich was recognized as a distinct species.

The tallest and the fastest bird on land.

19 Serval The serval is a medium-sized wild cat native to Africa. It is recognized for its distinctive coat, featuring a tawny background with bold black spots and stripes. Servals have a slender body, long legs, and large ears with excellent hearing capabilities. They are adapted to a semi-aquatic lifestyle,... read more
20 Dik-dik A small antelope species native to eastern and southern Africa, the Dik-Dik is known for its small size, generally standing less than 16 inches tall at the shoulder. They are herbivores that primarily consume leaves, fruits, and plants.

It's a small antelope that lives in Eastern and southern Africa.

21 Aye-aye The aye-aye is a lemur, a strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth that perpetually grow and a special thin middle finger.
22 Vulture
23 Impala The impala is a medium-sized antelope found in eastern and southern Africa. The sole member of the genus Aepyceros, it was first described to European audiences by German zoologist Hinrich Lichtenstein in 1812. Two subspecies are recognised—the common impala, and the larger and darker black-faced... read more
24 Mandrill
25 Bonobo
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